Our first car when we are in our youth will many times reflect on our preference in cars for the rest of our lives. In many cases we have sold or traded our first performance car in for a family station wagon or other means of transportation. Only to spend our later years searching for the car we let go, or its replacement.
Rick Frank has owned several Mopars since his ’69 Roadrunner that got him hooked at the prime age of 17 and was searching for one when he came across this 440 equipped GTX. At the time, Rick owned a Plum Crazy, ’70 ‘Cuda but was needing a bit more leg room. So when he came across a good deal on a GTX, he couldn’t pass it up.
After selling his ‘Cuda, the guy backed out of the sale and left Rick back in search of another Mopar to feed his addiction. Fortunately, the guy decided to sell the car again, and Rick didn’t waste any time grabbing up this endangered species. After all, he knew the history of the car, knew who painted it, and just how often do you run across a GTX for a good price?
This ’69 GTX is in incredible shape from end to end. It is powered by a 440 Cubic inch monster with a Holley 750 sitting on top of an Edlebrock intake and aluminum heads. The 727 TorqueFlite tranny launches this American muscle through a 3:55 sure grip rear end.
Rick has made a few minor modifications to his car, and says he wouldn’t mind finding the “six pack” to sit on top of the 440 engine. The lure of his old Roadrunner still haunts him, but it would be a tough decision to let the GTX go. The only thing Rick misses now is his four speed. Although, he is nowhere near being in misery with his current Plymouth.